We are using the MSA for disaster recovery. It holds all of our replication VMs and gives us the ability, with the help of VM software, to roll over to the replication cluster in order to bring our systems back up in the event of a disaster at our primary data center.
- Functions well as a disaster recovery cluster repository
- Since the space is a spinning disk, it is inexpensive
- All of our VMs are stored in a mass storage repository on the system, but we could carve out specific LUNs if needed.
- Since it is a spinning disk, it isn't as fast as flash storage
The MSA is perfect for Disaster Recovery, but I wouldn't advise using it for production. Production is best left to flash storage and not spinning disk. I think the MSA would be appropriate for a test or sandbox network for testing and training as well. The storage is cheap and it is functional.